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Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo (Biographies) Hardcover – December 1, 2016
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Glenn Gould is most known for his recordings of Bach. He first played in public at the age of 13. After gaining fame and acclaim, he abruptly ended his career and became a recluse. This book gives hints of a man who was driven, and germ-phobic, and very much to himself. The story here weaves back and forth through Glenn Gould's life, from a boyhood learning and performing to a stroke that left him in a coma. On a trip to Russia to play concerts, his initial show was sparsely attended because no one in Russia had heard of him. At intermission, the audience left to go tell friends to come hear this phenomenon play. The rest of the tour was sold out.
The artwork is very good. There are wordless, soundless frames where Glenn Gould is in the midst of playing. panels of hands or his face are shown. The story is told in a non-linear fashion and feels like a good indie film Facts are not spoon fed to the reader and are discovered through careful observation and reading. I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novel. I recommend reading it while you listen to some recordings by this genius musician.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from NBM Publishing, Papercutz, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.